Signs your Strategic IT Workforce Management Needs Help
If your CIO is skeptical about your IT department’s ability to fill the skills gap, it is probably time to look at the company’s strategic plans for strategic IT workforce management. Your resource plan should contain more than the FTEs and cost. Skillsets and capabilities for each person need to be cataloged in order to know where your skills gaps are for hiring purposes.
Here are some questions to ask to evaluate your challenges:
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need a long-term strategy for resource planning.
Workforce preparations are the activities needed to build a strategic resourcing plan. This isn’t just in regard to recruitment or resource acquisition. There is a range of activities that involve any department that touches Information Technology resources, because they each impact your organization’s skills and capabilities in unique ways. Here are the roles to consider in your planning and discovery process.
This should be included in a focused effort to support specific staffing plans. If the gaps are significant, consider investing more money in compensation or developing an education reimbursement policy if there isn’t one.
Strategic resource management will help your IT department make more effective workforce decisions. If you focus on the plan one action item at a time, you will start to bridge the skills gap in your organization. This will reap the following reward.
Your own organization with benefit by having a plan that provides direction in the short term, one planning cycle at a time. This provides the lead time for the organization to respond and build longer term solutions. Most resourcing actions will require more time:
All this effort supports the perception of building a lasting employee value proposition. Career development, coaching and mentoring should align to the plans of the organization. This benefits everyone, as a clear career path because feasible for contented, investment resources that stay with the organization for the long haul.